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Randy Brecker: "It's still a thrill for me today to stand out front of a big band as the soloist and hear all that sound going on behind you. It brings the best out of me" - (DownBeat June 2019).

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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kate Peters Septet @ Hoochie Coochie - Thursday Feb. 9

Kate Peters (vcls); Ian Chalk (tpt); Matt Anderson (ten); Aubin Vanns (gtr); Zezo Olimpio (pno); John Marley (bs); Sam Gardner (dms).
"Every mornin' finds me Moanin'" sang Kate Peters setting the scene for an impressive performance that had no one in the audience moanin'!
The girl's got a great voice - raucous at the edges, smooth at the centre and full of soul. Her scat choruses on a par with the instrumentalists.
After the mindblowing Moanin', Around The World seemed  incongruous and somewhat lugubrious. 
More Songbook material - Summertime, Love For Sale - Gershwin and Porter wrote thousands of songs, why does it always come down to these two? Nevertheless, they were sung well and Chalk's trumpet playing was outstanding throughout. Guitarist Vanns, despite being clipped for a parking ticket outside the venue, soloed impressively although it was awhile before he got the volume at an audible level.
The second set was a whole different ball game. The material more contemporary - Radiohead, Beatles etc. I love the line in She's Leaving Home - "Meeting a man from the motor trade".  Kate did some paint stripping vocalistics in this set, her breath control is something else.
The Way You Look Tonight, after a tenor intro (Matt Anderson seemed more restrained than usual tonight), took off over a fast shuffle rhythm with drummer Gardner driving it on.
Gardner had a powerhouse feature earlier in the set that knocked everyone out and, along with Marley and Olympio, kept it all together.
One thing I like about this band is that everybody doesn't solo on every number and it doesn't end up with the inevitable round of fours!
Come back soon.
Lance

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